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(DAY 1 -TUESDAY MAY 2, 2000)

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Peter Lalonde's Production Diary

Day 1 – Tuesday May 2, 2000

Hi Everyone: Sorry to be slow on the updates, things have just been crazy leading up to the film. I’ll have more detail in the next day or so but here’s some confirmations and corrections for you all – right from the producers themselves. We have just finished our first full day of principal photography on Left Behind-The Movie. We shot scenes of the Steele Household before the rapture.

Today the main characters on film were Rayford, Chloe, Irene, Raymie and Bruce Barnes. Interested to know what actors played them? Well, first, the message board and the great researchers who hang out here did pretty well.

Rayford is indeed being played by Brad Johnson. Paul and I spent an evening with him this weekend and he is a great guy and, as we saw again today, an enormously talented actor. When were casting the movie, Brad was one of our first choices and we are thrilled that agreed to join the cast. He is a true seeker ands man deeply intrigued by the message of this film.

Now, here is where the researchers didn’t get it right. Yes we had considered Lacey Chabert for the role of Chloe, but a scheduling conflict eliminated that possibility. As we always do in our films, we had auditions for actresses looking for the ‘perfect Chloe’ in the mean time. When the timing did not work with Lacey, and we were going to move onto our next ‘star’ we had a feeling that to do so would be a mistake, because there was a girl in the auditions who just knocked everyone dead. Here name is Janaya Stevens and you will not know that name – yet. Our director Vic Sarin and Paul and I just felt that she was Chloe. Our partners at Namesake Entertainment looked at the tapes and felt the same thing. Then when Brad Johnson rehearsed with her this weekend he said "this girl may well steal the show!" We think you will absolutely love her when you meet her in the film.

Back to where you did get it right. Imagine a born again Christian lying in bed late one night and reading a book called Left Behind. Imagine her waking up her husband beside her and saying "THIS HAS GOT TO BE A MOVIE! AND, I WANT TO PLAY HATTIE." Imagine her husband saying, "what’s the name of the book?" and going back to sleep just to find on his desk a few days later an offer to him to play the role of Buck and his wife to play the role of Hattie! Well, according to Kirk Cameron and Chelsea Noble it took them about fifteen seconds after they finished reading the script to begin thanking the Lord for opening this door of ministry. Actually they said they jumped up a down like little kids!

Paul and I spent Sunday with the Camerons and we both agreed that we have never before had such wonderful Christian fellowship with anyone ‘in the business’. Kirk and Chelsea are committed to the Lord and dedicated to reaching the world with the powerful message of our Lord’s grace and His soon return. Kirk’s first day of shooting is tomorrow. Another right answer is Clarence Gilyard. He is playing Bruce in the film. Clarence is another born again Christian and just loves the role of Bruce Barnes – a man who should have known the truth before the rapture, but who is now on fire for the Lord.

Clarence told us over dinner the other night that he never felt led back into the world of feature films (since Die Hard and Top Gun) but before we even called him, the Lord let him know that something was coming and he was to do it. When the offer for Left Behind came he said it was the exact confirmation of what the Lord had been telling him! This is one great actor and solid brother in the Lord! Ah, Nicolae. Who will it be?

Well, you’ll have to keep to watching here and on the Hollywood Jesus site because we’ll keep you guessing on that one. The truth is that the role has not yet been cast (we have plenty of time because he does not have scenes for some time yet (the shooting is a long process)). We are in much prayer about this role and are waiting for the Lord to confirm among a number of choices we have. Please pray with us. We will try to keep you to date with tidbits and photos from the set in the coming few days so keep your eyes on our movie website and the Cloud Ten site. And please remember to pray for us – except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it!

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